Adele Fosser grew up on a farm near Glenwood, Minnesota, with 4 brothers. Her family is 100 % Norwegian background. She graduated from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota with an Elementary Education degree.
Her husband, Howard, (also 100 % Norwegian) is a Lutheran pastor, now retired. They have lived in Wenatchee, WA; Beaverton, Oregon; Forks, WA; Troutdale, OR; Port Townsend, WA; and now Lakewood, WA.
In 1978, their daughter, now 38, was diagnosed as Celiac at 20 months old at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. They have been members of GIG since that time. They also have a son, now 40, who is not a Celiac. He and his wife have 3 children, who are not Celiac. His wife, however, is now eating gluten-free, due to gluten sensitivity. Adele was diagnosed Celiac in 1999, through Dr. Alessio Fasano’s study when he was at the U of MD, and her Dad, in Minnesota, was diagnosed Celiac at that time, when he was in his 80’s. He is still going strong at age 99.
Adele started GIG support groups in Portland/Vancouver, and in Port Townsend, WA.
Adele works as a substitute teacher in the Clover Park School District, Lakewood, WA. She has been a member of the GIG Board of Trustees since 2009. She has worked at GIG’s Camp Sealth’s gluten-free camp on Vashon Island, WA, cooking and baking for the gluten-free campers. She is also willing to do gluten-free baking lessons in her home for groups, who generously donate money to GIG.